Happy New Year everyone!
We hope everyone is off on the right foot in 2020, while wrapping up another great holiday season here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Regular readers of our “Weekender Blog” know that we feature many of the area’s great events and happenings here on a weekly basis, something we enjoy doing regardless of the time of year.
But while Delaware and Maryland’s coastal region is well known for big events and fun local gatherings, we can’t say there are many of those types of things to feature during the first week of January.
We do have some big events coming up soon, like the 2020 Polar Bear Plunge, the Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival, Bethany Beach’s Fire & Ice Festival and several others.
But for this week, there’s just not a whole lot on the events calendar. So what we’re going to do instead is feature some of our great state parks, particularly programs and events that are coming up for the rest of January.
We’re blessed to have some great state parks in the area, so keep reading below for all that’s happening this month. And get out there and have some fun!
Cape Henlopen State Park
Let’s kick things off with one of the jewels of Delaware’s state park system, and that is the fabulous Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
Featuring shoreline on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay, Cape Henlopen usually ranks as the most popular state park in Delaware and always features a number of great programs and activities.
It’s also home to historic Fort Miles, which provides an incredible way to spend the day. And if you have a chance to tour the refurbished bunker and/or the gun park, don’t miss out!
Programs at Cape Henlopen State Park between now and the end of January include:
Quadrantids Meteor Shower (January 3). Available at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 3 for just $2 a person, this program is a great chance for watching the meteor shower and other wonders of winter in the night sky. It’s available for those 7 years old and up, with pre-registration required by calling 302-645-6852.
Feeding Frenzy (January 4, 11, 18 and 25). Beginning at 1 p.m. each Saturday in January, this free program teaches participants the different ways fish in the local area eat, while also providing opportunities for feeding both the stingrays and other fish in the nature center aquariums.
Winter Bird Walk (January 14). Held once a month during the winter months, this program is available to anyone ages 10 and up who enjoys bird watching in the local area. This is a free program, but pre-registration is recommended by calling 302-645-6852.
Chillin’ With Reptiles (January 18). Limited to 40 participants, this program costs $3 per person and will answer questions like where reptiles go to survive the cold weather and what special methods they use to make it through the winter unharmed. You can even see and touch a few snakes and turtles, if so inclined. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852 and the start time is 11 a.m.
Seals at the Beach (January 25). Beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, this program discusses which species of seals you’ll find in Delaware and what they’re doing here during the winter months. Available for anyone 7 years of age or older, pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Delaware Seashore State Park
There is perhaps no better view in Delaware than from atop the Indian River Inlet Bridge heading north toward Rehoboth, and that view is of the picturesque Delaware Seashore State Park.
Most known for both the bridge and the nearby Indian River Life-Saving Station, this southern Delaware state park is extremely popular during the summer months. But there’s also plenty to do during the offseason as well.
Here are some of the programs coming up during the month of January at Delaware Seashore State Park:
Hike With Your Pets (January 4). Planned for Saturday, January 4, from 1 to 3 p.m., this guided hike through the park is specifically geared toward pet owners and their furry companions. This is a free program, but pre-registration is required by calling 302-227-6991. The hike begins at the Fresh Pond Hickman Road entrance to the park.
Winter Lecture Series (January 7, 14, 21 and 28). A different topic will be discussed each week during these free events, which are scheduled each Tuesday in January from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Indian River Marina conference room. No pre-registration is necessary, but you can call 302-227-6991 for more information.
Lantern Tour of the Indian River Life-Saving Station (January 17). If you want something unique to do during the offseason at the beaches, this lantern tour of the historic life-saving station is always a great option. This guided tour will teach you all about what area surfmen used to go through to save shipwreck victims off the coast. A few shipwreck tales while on the beach always adds to this fun adventure. The cost is $10 per person and pre-registration is required by calling 302-227-6991.
Beach Driving Clinic (January 18). Scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, this program provides a perfect opportunity for learning all about driving on the area beaches, during a time when they’re not very crowded. You can learn about park rules, licensing requirements and more, and even learn some tips and tricks from park staff. This program costs $8 per person and you must have a valid surf tag to participate. Call 302-227-6991 for more information.
Fenwick Island State Park
There are no formal programs scheduled for the month of January at Fenwick Island State Park, but it’s a perfect time for a quiet walk on one of the area’s pristine, award winning local beaches.
Located between Bethany Beach and Ocean City, this gem of southern Delaware includes some great Atlantic coastline and a chance to have the beach all to yourself.
So hit the beach and have a great day during the 2020 offseason!
Trap Pond State Park
Delaware’s first state park is located between Millsboro and Laurel and is known for a great campsite as well as a ton of different programs throughout the year.
Also featuring the Bald Cypress Nature Center, which includes a nicely designed exhibit gallery, as well as a conference facility and educational opportunities, Trap Pond State Park still boasts the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress trees on the east coast of the United States and is a great place to spend the day.
During the month of January at Trap Pond State Park, you can enjoy:
Chilly Wagon Rides (January 11, 18 and 25). Throw on some winter clothes and enjoy these wagon rides through the park, where staff will teach you how animals survive in the park during the cold weather season. Pre-register for this activity by calling 302-875-5163.
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days in the coastal region.
And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Have a great weekend everyone!